Oct 17, 2016: Punjab Congress president Captain Amarinder Singh on Monday embarked on his mega Kisan Yatra roadshow with the promise to wipe out the last tear from the face of every farmer in the state and a vow to punish the Badals for pushing the farmers to suicide.
The roadshow was flagged off by the widows of nine farmers who had committed suicide in Punjab in recent past following their inability to pay off their debts. In some cases, the women had lost both, their husband and son, to the vicious cycle of mounting debt.
Blaming the Badal government squarely for its failure to save the farmers from such pitiable existence, Captain Amarinder assured the widows that “we will not forgive them for pushing you to such a state.”
As they waved Captain Amarinder Singh’s roadshow bus to an official start, the widows appealed to the PPCC president for his support in alleviating their sufferings. Still reeling under the debts left behind by their deceased husbands, the widows sought Captain Amarinder’s help in battling their miseries.
Captain Amarinder reassured the widows that he would immediately waive off all farm debts once his party is back in power. He reiterated his commitment to resolving the problems of the farmer families, who he described as Punjab’s engine of growth and progress through the years.
Among the widows who met Captain Amarinder before the roadshow launch was Rajomajra’s Harbans Kaur, whose husband Sohan Singh committed suicide just 22 days back over a debt of Rs. 4 lakh. What has aggravated her woes is the fact that the government, instead of helping her out of her suffering, has now gone and put up an electrical tower in the middle of her 3 bighas of land, rendering it completely useless.
This, said Captain Amarinder, was a typical example of the Badal government’s insensitive and uncaring attitude towards farmer families. “The Badals are so busy filling their own coffers with the hard-earned money of the people of Punjab that they have no time to even think of their problems,” said Captain Amarinder.
Captain Amarinder’s roadshow comes at a time when the state is reeling under a spate of farmer suicides. The PPCC president has repeatedly said that once in power his party would take immediate steps to alleviate the sufferings of the farmers.
The Punjab Congress president has already promised to waive off the debts of the farmers and assured them of all possible support by the Congress in their fight against the anti-farmer policies of the Badal government.
For the roadshow, the PPCC president is traveling in a specially designed bus, equipped with all the basic facilities needed for his stay. The bus has a hydraulic platform from where Captain Amarinder Singh will address the various farmer meetings along the way. A microphone and speaker system has been fitted inside to enable the bus to double up as a mobile public address platform for impromptu meetings.
The over 500-km yatra, which has started from Moga, will also cover the districts of Faridkot, Ludhiana, Bathinda, Muktsar, Jalalabad and Ferozepur.
Captain Amarinder is expected to be joined by several senior party leaders on different stretches along the route, which will be dotted by kisan sabhas and mandi meetings, in addition to roadshows.
Branded with the campaign message of `Karza-Kurki Khatam, Fasal Di Poori Rakam’, the hi-tech bus has been designed to connect with the deepest aspirations of the debt-ridden farmers of Punjab. Carrying the promise of waiver of farm loans on priority basis once the Congress comes to power, Captain Amarinder is reaching out to thousands of farmers during the roadshow.